Sir : The retired situation of the University, though eminently favorable to good morals and habits of industry , in most respects,
lias connected with it some evils. We feel the want of a society immediately around us whose opinions might exert a controlling
influence over those of the Students. We need those checks and restraints of public sentiment, which are felt and acknowledged
even by men of mature age. The Institution has several times since its establishment, been thrown, by the most trivial causes into
a ferment, which itias been found difficult to allay, because reason for a time lost its control over the minds of the young men. —
On such occasions, the most absurd and extravagant opinions on principles of justice, morality and good breeding, are advanced
and advocated, with the ardour of thorough conviction, and the confidence usually reposed in the judgment and kind feelings of the
Faculty, if not entirely destroyed, is greatly impaired^
When a Student, has been engaged in the advocacy of absurd and pernicious principles, he is too apt to conform his practice to
his opinions, and if he is not dismissed from College in consequence, his moral and social character sustains permanent injury. In
the mean time, a serious inroad is made upon the improvement of the great body of the Students. The sentiment becomes current,
that the breaking of a Tutor's window, or the commission of an indictable trespass upon a recitation room, is not a disreputable ac-
tion. Such events become the principal topics of conversation, and literature and science cease to be pursued with the zeal and
diligence necessary to success. Every Parent, therefore, who has a son at the University, has a deep interest in seeing such practices
put down. They are not likely to occur more than once or twice in the course of a year, but their effects are sometimes lasting.
These evils ordinarily grow out of a Senior or a Freshman treat, the organization of an Ugly Club, or some similar association.
If the Faculty adopt the necessary measures to prevent or punish the commission of such offences, their proceedings are denounced
as acts of high-handed tyranny ; the enemies of good order and diligent study, more forward and vociferous than their more worthy
associates, cany with them too many of those whose virtuous principles are not well established. If die rule laid down in relation
to these offences, is faithfully enforced, and punishment inflicted lor each violation, public opinion, from which College censures
derive all their force and weight — uninformed in regard to the magnitude of the evil — and unmindful of the wide difference between
a convivial meeting of men of mature minds and an assemblage of fifty or a hundred persons, between the ages of fifteen and
twenty-one, is too apt to decide against the Faculty as unnecessarily rigorous and severe.
This Institution has just been visited by one of these paroxysms of unnatural excitement. Certain members of the higher Classes
deceived the Freshmen into the belief, diat it had been customary fiom the foundation of the Institution, for that Class, at an early
period of the first session of the Collegiate year, to give a treat to the other Classes. A subscription of $2 each was thus obtained
from about thirty-five members of the Class. Wine and ardent spirits were procured from Hillsborough, and on Saturday night,
(the 29th ult.) the interval between dark and nine o'clock, when they were not required by the laws of the College to be in their
rooms, was appropriated to a celebration of this Festival in the woods.
Not more than a third of the individuals who subscribed, are believed to have attended the treat. Much the larger proportion of
those who were present, wero members of the older Classes. Of the participants, some drank freely, and a small number to in-
toxication. The result was a series of disorders which were continued through the greater part of the night. The doors of three of
the Recitation Rooms were forced in and much battered, and gross indignities were offered to the Faculty when they interfered for
the restoration of order. It is due, however, to the great body of the Students to state, that not more than ten or twelve individuals
are believed to have been engaged in these disgraceful proceedings.
In the peculiar circumstances incident to their local position, the Faculty have determined to invoke to their aid, the solicitude and
affection of the parental bosom. They entertain the confident hope, that you will concur with them in the opinion, that the sup-
pression of all assemblages of this character, is of vital importance to the Institution, and that you will co-operate heartily with them
in their efforts to effect it. This can be accomplished, only by visiting every case of private and public intoxication with the
severest penalties, and the adoption of such measures as shall put an end to all attempts at College Treats.
Since the action of the Trustees on this subject, in every instance where a S tudent has been found publicly intoxicated, or having
ardent spirits in his room, he has been removed from the Institution.
The last Senior Class was distinguished, not less for general propriety of deportment than for talents and scholarship. The indi-
viduals constituting it were earnestly intieated to abstain from the irregularities too frequently consequent, upon the annunciation of
the Senior Report, and were distinctly notified, that no one who should attend a Senior treat would be recommended for a degree.
The desired effect was produced, and the Faculty are determined to act upon this principle in all cases hereafter.
Not less decisive measures will be adopted to prevent the excesses sometimes committed at the commencement of the Collegiate
year, by the Ugly Club.
If the determination of the Faculty on these subjects, should meet, as we trust it will, with your concurrence, we hope you will
say so to your son, in decided terms.
By order of the Faculty,
DAVID L- SWAIN, President.
At a meeting of Trustees of the University of North- Carolina, convened at Hillsborough, on Monday, 14th September: Present
Hon. John L. Bailey, William A. Graham, Esq. Hon. Willie P. Mangum, James Mebane, Esq. Hon. Frederic Nash, Hon.
James S. Smith, Hugh Waddell, Esq. and Doet. James Webb — The Hon. Frederic Nash in the Chair,
The foregoing communication from the Faculty of the University, to the Parents and Guardians of Students in that Institution
having been read and considered, it was, on motion of William A. Graham, Esquire,
Resolved, unanimously, That the views expressed therein with respect to College Treats, the Ugly Club, and similar associa-
tions, and the determination of the Faculty to suppress such evils in future, are fully approved and sanctioned by this meeting, and
that the Faculty be advised and instructed to carry them into full and vigorous execution,
V*YIl*ERSIT\* OF >YORTH-C.lROJLLA\i> ?
SEPTEMBER 30th, 1840. 5
Since the 1 <th day of July, a period of ten weeks, your son has been absent from prayers times,
from recitation times, and from attendance on Divine worship times.
The number of Students at present in the University is 171. Of these, have not been once absent from prayers, and
have not been once absent from recitation.
His relative gradation of scholarship in his class is considered